Fourth of July tourism impacts Franklin County

Franklin County saw a boost in business over the fourth of July weekend

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a busy weekend on America’s roads.

According to AAA, nearly 43 million Americans traveled for the July 4th weekend. Many came here to western Massachusetts, and businesses felt the impacts.

“We were pretty much packed the entire time,” said Shelby Telega of Barton Cove Campground & Paddlesports. “Every day, almost every campsite was taken. We also had more people in to rent canoes and kayaks for the day when usually people only rent them for 2 hours.”

The Barton Cove Campground is right along the Connecticut River in Gill. It’s a popular area for local residents and tourists during the summer. Especially during the holidays.

For the fourth of July weekend, an increase in tourists is usually common in Franklin County and this year was no exception. One Greenfield native told 22News, Franklin County offers a lot of outdoor attractions, that usually catch people’s interest.

“The weather was good, a little windy at first but there is a lot to do in this area I mean you got the water close by,” said Mike Motisi of Greenfield. “You just have everything you really want to do.”

Berkshire East in Charlemont is another popular summer location, offering bike trails, hiking, and white water rafting. Barton Cove Campground said they expect business to remain high this upcoming weekend. They already have most of their campsites booked.

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